Schumer said Trump "just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration". He says it strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages.
Responding in their own televised remarks, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused Trump of misrepresenting the situation on the border as they urged him to reopen closed government departments and turn loose paychecks for hundreds of thousands of workers.
The debate over funding for the barrier has been at the center of a partial federal government shutdown.
Trump and the Democrats have been dueling during a partial government shutdown over his demands for - and their opposition to - $5.7 billion to begin building a border wall with Mexico. He also suggested that his proposal to build the wall from steel, rather than concrete, was a concession to Democrats.
The House has passed legislation to reopen the government while negotiations over a border wall continue.
Trump spoke of a "humanitarian and security crisis" at the border and invoked cases such as that of a police officer "savagely murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien".
Suspicious packages sent to up to 14 diplomatic missions in Australia
It was not immediately known which countries' diplomatic missions in the national capital, Canberra , were affected. However the USA embassy in Canberra was not targeted with a package, a spokesperson said.
So, Trump's Twitter feed and a photo op as he signs anti-human trafficking legislation at the White House Wednesday could make compelling viewing - especially if the President is in a sour mood over morning television coverage of his big speech.
In a news briefing, Hoyer said Democratic leadership hasn't yet discussed a lawsuit if Trump delivers on the national crisis declaration he's considering - but said it's a possibility.
"As for the trade deal he mentioned with Mexico, which he said would pay for the wall, that trade deal is not yet complete".
Alan Jacobs says when it comes to Donald Trump people for and against his Presidency probably already had their minds up before he made his address.
"It helps the border agents do their jobs better", said another man.